Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fourth Paralympic title for McKillop. Walsh 8th in triathlon

Ireland's Michael McKillop was a clear winner of the T37 1500m at the Rio Paralympics today in a time of 4 mins 12.1secs

Despite recent problems with his health and a foot injury, McKillip was taking his fourth Paralympic gold for McKillop, following his  double gold at London 2012, where he won the 800m and 1500m. Four years earlier he had taken 800m gold in Beijing at the age of 18.
Michael McKillop stormed home to glory in the T37 1500m in a time of 4 mins 12.11 secs annd is already looking forward to Tokyo in four years time.

In the searing Rio sun, McKillop was pushed to his limits by Canadian Liam Stanley who shadowed him from the gun. With less than two hundred and fifty metres to go, McKillop made his break winning the race in style.

Also in action today was Dublin sprinter Orla Comerford in  the T13 100m final - her first ever Paralympic final. Comerford  finishing 8th position with a time of 12.87 seconds which was marginally slower than the 11.81 she ran in yesterday's heats. Winner was  Ukraine’s Leilia Adzhametova in a world record time of 11.79 seconds.

In the women's triathlon, Catherine Walsh with her pilot Fran Meehan finished eighth in 1hr 22 mins 25 secs.They  were lying tenth after after the swim, which took them 17 mins 23 secs.  On the cycle, they pulled up a place, where their lap times put them consistently into the top five.  They pulled up another place on the final 5km run. It was a sixth Paralympics for Walsh, now aged 42, who has picked up medals in athletics and cycling during a long and distinguished career.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fifth Paraympic gold for Smyth

Jason Smyth has stormed to a third successive 100m T13 title in Rio in a time of 10.46 secs. Second was the Namibian Johannes Nambala in 10.78 with Australian Chad Perris third in 10.83. It was a fifth Paralympian gold for Smyth.

In the Aquatics Centre, 14-year-old Nicole Turner from Laois qualified for the S6 50m Butterfly final on her Paralympic Games debut.  Turner finished second in her heat in 38.44 seconds to advance in 4th place overall. In cycling, the tandem pairing of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal finished 7th in the WB Tandem Kilo in 1.12.332

In the men’s individual pursuit qualification rounds, Colin Lynch finished 5th in3.53.300 - not enough to see him through to the medal races.A fourth place for Eoghan Clifford  will see him race Sametz of Canada for the bronze medal. Table tennis player  Rena McCarron Rooney lost out to China's  Jing Liu  Jing Liu  11-9, 11-4, 11-2in hr opening Group B match.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Rio '16 Paralympics - Athletics: Irish in action (updated)

Schedule for Irish Athletes at Rio Paralympics (Times Irish and subject to change)

Jason Smyth
Day 1 - Thu Sept 8
T13 women's 1500m: Ht 2, 3 Greta Streimikyte 4:51.75 (Q)
T13 men's 100m heats, 1 Jason Smyth 10.76 (Q)
Day 2 - Fri Sept 9
T13 men's 100m final -1  Jason Smyth 10/64 secs; GOLD
Day 3 - Sat Sept 10
15.13- T13 women's 1500m final, 4 Greta Streimikyte 4:45.08 (IR)
16.02- T13 women's 100m heats, 4 Orla Comerford 12.81 secs (Q)
Day 4 - Sun Sept 11
15.00- T13 women's 100m final,  8 Orla Comerford 12.87 secs
15.20- PT5 women's triathlon - 8 Catherine Walsh /Fran Meehan 1hr 22 mins 25 secs.
15.59 - T35 men's 1500m final, 1 Michael McKillop 4:12.11; GOLD
Day 5 - Mon Sept 12
14.03- F53 shot putt 5 Deirdre Mongan 4.04.
Day 6 - Tue Sept 13 - no athletics (sailing, shooting, swimming...)
Day 7 - Wed Sept 14
15.26 - T53 men's 800m , Ht 2, Patrick Monahan dns.
Day 8 - Thu Sept 15
14.05- F57 women's discus  2 Orla Barry 30.06; SILVER
15.45- T37 men's 400m Ht 1, Paul Keogan dsq.
21.40 - F41 women's discus 2 Niamh McCarthy 26.67; SILVER

Day 9 - Fri Sept 16
14.23 - T37 men's 400m final, Paul Keogan?
Day 10 - Sat Sept 17
21.32 - F38 women's discus final, Noelle Lenihan
Day 11 - Sun Sept 18
16.30 - T53 men's marathon, 16 Patrick Monahan 1:40.26
00.00 - Closing ceremony